What we did in 2017

What we did in 2017 2018-01-23T14:16:48+00:00

This holiday season we want to share what we achieved together in 2017 and how you can help in 2018.

We had an ambitious goal to make our mental health crisis and health under-funding key election issues. Our eight-month campaign finished with 606 shoes, each for a Kiwi lost to suicide in the last year, arriving at Parliament. By the following day every party except National and Act committed to our six crowd-sourced election health pledges. By election day, media said health and mental health were top election issues.

Here’s how together we did it

Warning: Video mentions suicide

What we’re going to do in 2018

  • Continue to support bereaved families to build their own organisation. Sign up here.
  • Support Kiwis to take part in the mental health inquiry. It will begin in early 2018. Sign up here.
  • Support people working in health and mental health. We should be treated with respect, be paid enough to thrive and not just survive, and have safe workloads.

I’d like to make a final thank-you to the Public Service Association members who funded YesWeCare.nz and made this all possible.

Enjoy your holidays season, and know we are very grateful for your support.


Simon Oosterman

On behalf of the YesWeCare.nz coalition and the Public Service Association